Today we talked LIVE with Evan, first about being our friend, then his deployment and how he was awarded the purple heart and finally his journey across the Atlantic ocean in 50 days in a row boat.
The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is a 3,000 mile race that begins in San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (28oN 18oW) and ends in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW).
Fight or Die’s website UsVetRow.org clearly states their purpose for participating in this grueling challenge.
SAN ANTONIO -- A local veteran who rowed 3 thousand miles across the Atlantic Ocean, returns to San Antonio to share his once in a lifetime journey. His team set a world record for their boat class.
John Fannin, a Judson High School graduate and infantry Marine, set out to row across the Atlantic in December. He was part of the only U.S. team to row the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. He and three other veterans traveled from La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, to Antigua. It took them 50 days, 11 hours and 35 minutes to finish the competition. Fannin said the rowing journey was the toughest challenge of his life. He said it helped him become stronger.
POWELL, Wyo. — After rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in a four-man boat, Powell resident Carl Christensen found it hard to believe it was finally over. The reality of being on dry land hadn’t set in yet.
“I don’t know where I’m at,” he said on the pier last Friday just after dark. “I think I’m in Antigua.”
Yet Christensen knew what he and his team had accomplished. He stated it simply while being cheered on the podium after the historic finish: “I rowed an ocean. Thanks, everyone.”
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Around the time former US Marine Evan Stratton was discovering he missed the camaraderie he’d found in the service, he attended a fundraising gala in 2018 – and his life took a new course. He heard the story of Fight Oar Die – an all-American, all-military-veteran rowing team that competes in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge annually. “I’m hearing about these four veterans who are going to get in a boat and row the Atlantic Ocean. My eyes lit up, like yes, I want to do this.”
Powell resident and former U.S. Navy Lt. Carl Christensen on Thursday joined three other veterans on a high-tech rowboat in the Canary Islands and began rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean towards English Harbour, Antigua.
They call themselves Fight Oar Die — a play on Roman poet Virgil’s “Fight or Die” proverb — to compete in the world’s toughest rowing race called the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise awareness about veterans’ health and well-being, according to a news release.
Fight Oar Die: Meet The Four Us Military Vets Rowing Across The Ocean In The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
Fight Oar Die, a team of four US military veterans, has just embarked on a mission to row a mind-boggling distance across the Atlantic Ocean in support of their fellow veterans.
I long believed that the Iditarod was the most extreme test of human endurance on the planet. That opinion was likely due to the unnecessarily number of times I watched Iron Will, but the point is that I believed an eight-day race covering an impressive 352-miles in Alaska was the pinnacle of human achievement.
A Park County Search and Rescue volunteer and Powell resident embarked Thursday on a row across the Atlantic Ocean with other veterans.
Carl Christensen left the Canary Islands, just off the coast of the African continent, as part of Fight Oar Die.